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Delivering the Goods: Scaling out Results of Natural Resource Management Research

Larry Harrington, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Jeffrey White
Peter Grace, Sinclair Knight Merz, Brisbane, Australia
David Hodson
Agnes Dewi Hartkamp, Product Organisation Grains, Seeds and Pulses, The Hague, Netherlands
Christopher Vaughan, CO MET Directorate of Environmental Affairs, Namibia
Craig Meisner


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To help integrated natural resource management (INRM) research "deliver the goods" for many of the world's poor over a large area and in a timely manner, the authors suggest a problem-solving approach that facilitates the scaling out of relevant agricultural practices. They propose seven ways to foster scaling out: (1) develop more attractive practices and technologies through participatory research (2) balance supply-driven approaches with resource user demands, (3) use feedback to redefine the research agenda, (4) encourage support groups and networks for information sharing, (5) facilitate negotiation among stakeholders, (6) inform policy change and institutional development, and (7) make sensible use of information management tools, including models and geographic information systems (GIS). They also draw on experiences in Mesoamerica, South Asia, and southern Africa to describe useful information management tools, including site similarity analyses, the linking of simulation models with GIS, and the use of farmer and land type categories.

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Mexico, South Asia, Southern Africa, conservation tillage, diffusion of research, environments, geographic information systems, natural resource management, participatory research, scaling out, simulation models, technology transfer

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